Being rich and making lots of money has always been in my mind. I found it impossible to achieve as I thought about being corporate worker in an IT industry when I was still studying ICTM in De La Salle university as a college student.
This entry has been inspired by the impossibility of my business and God’s great blessings in my life. This is my testimony in light of my business.
I was a college student engrossed in wasting my time playing computer games – namely DOTA. I loved playing DOTA with my friends and DOTA barkada because of the temporal glory and praise I received whenever I’d turn the game around, lead the team to a win, upset the other team, dominate the game, etc… In short, I love the recognition I got due to my skills in the game.
I wasn’t really a good, ideal college student. In fact, I was the total opposite. If I didn’t like a class, I’d cut it. I used to cut a whole day to play computer games the whole day. I failed 28 units – 1 unit in DLSU costs around 3-4k php. My parents were frustrated, I was frustrated, and I’m pretty sure God was frustrated. I squandered my time, my parents’ money, and I paid little heed to discipline and wisdom. I was on my way downhill.
I never imagined earning much when I graduate due to my lack of discipline and my appalling number of failing units. My dream company back then was HP and I wanted to work there for my OJT – instead, God led me to another company in Ortigas (I live around Las Pinas by the way).
It was tough. The company I went introduced SEO (Search engine Optimization) to me when I wanted to be a Social Network Analyst. But I took the job anyway. I learned SEO by my own because I was on a day shift (around 8 of us) and most of the employees are night-shift (around 100 of them) employees due to the location of our clients (USA and Europe).
The SEO Manager left and the new one entered around a month after I came in. So all the SEO work was thrown at me and I had to learn it quick. Funny thing is, I was doing all the trial and error here in my ministry blog – God and You. And by God’s sovereign grace, it worked. That’s when I realized “Hey, I can do this.”
SEO is more about writing and playing with words than programming and technical skills. It’s leaning towards a marketing-oriented art. And I love it.
By February, someone in Church was looking for someone who can do SEO. I told him I could do it, but he had to risk with me coz this is the first time I’ll be doing it for a client. He said “Okay” and so I started work.
My first client was a gambling company in Costa Rica – not really something I’m proud of. So I prayed to God “Lord, if you don’t want me working on this, please cut it off.” Two months in the contract, the company had a merger that affected their operation and they had to cut my work and contract. Praise God!
I went to HongKong with my dad that Feb and I met someone there who is now a fast-growing Christian. She referred me to another company here in the Philippines and soon enough, that company became my client. One of the reasons I got the deal was because I had a client from Costa Rica – who would’ve thought?
And the ball kept rolling… It was also the month of March when I got into my first job. By God’s sovereign grace, I got into my dream company – HP. I worked there as an IT support person for SAP. I realized I didn’t like the work. I love the culture and the people and the company, but not the work – and definitely not the pay.
And so August, I left the company. All the while I only had 1 company client which was paying me really well. Unfortunately they cut my contract by the end of August. So I had no money coming in for September. So I prayed.
It’s amazing how God works. 2 clients I’ve been talking with suddenly came out of nowhere and signed a contract with me that started September 15. My company services is pre-paid and so God didn’t let me wander off half a month with no money. He provides. I praise Him. Indeed all blessings come from my God.
Right now God is continuing to not only provide for me, but to bless me so that I could bless others and give to others. My God has blessed me with 4 clients and a team of more than 10 people and growing. I thoroughly love my business and I am simply amazed at the thought of the impossibility of the amount I am being blessed with every month.
At this, I am devoted to giving away a portion of my blessings to people who are serving God and to people who are in need. My heart is set on fully pleasing and glorifying my God. Indeed this business is simply an impossibility apart from Him.
Does God want me to be rich? Does God want you to be rich? Only He knows His purposes. But what I do know is that God wants us to make the most of what He has given us – just like in the parable of the talents.
One thing I’m sure of is that God definitely wants our hearts to be His. Rich or not. God’s ways and secrets will be kept as it is – but what we do know is that all blessings and riches come from our God. And He does not bless without purpose.
This is my testimony.
Thankyou for your post. As a fellow believer I felt very encouraged by your post. I am trying to learn this whole SEO thing and have been reading your other blogs also so thankyou for sharing.
Thanks Matt 🙂
I’m so glad that it has encouraged you in some way. I hope and pray that you’re well on your way to knowing the art of SEO. It is my pleasure and privilege to share with you! (By the way, changed your name coz it looks spammy otherwise)
God bless you too!
straight to the point…God want us to be rich! regardless of whatever reason, we can find from His Word that it is His desire and the pleasure of His heart to bless and prosper His people. And you are right, the motive of our heart is one thing that we need to consider in the area of prosperity. But to answer your question in this blog, with boldness and confidence I say…YES God want us to be rich!
its about time Churches should preach prosperity boldly. wala ng paligoy ligoy pa coz that’s His will for His people.
For some, God has purposed for them to be rich and blessed. For some, He has His plans 🙂
Woah, what? Rich? Far from it. Blessed are the poor. Take your belongings, sell them, and give the money to the poor. Didn’t you read the Bible? I’m surprised to see many Christians who think they can pay tribute to God some and keep the rest. What does God want with your money? God purposes people to be rich as much as he purposes us to have sin. It is easier for a camel to fit through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get into the kingdom of heaven.
Tim Love says
Nonsense! Abundant life… I am come that they might have and enjoy LIFE and have it in abundance, to the full, till it overflows. John 10:10 to enjoy life in real abundance these days, we all need money. The more money we have, them more time we can have to spend doing important things in life. It is perfectly fine for Christians to become rich, and there is nothing in the Bible that forbids Christians from gaining large amounts of money. The problem is that there is also the warning that the love of money is the root of of evil (1 Tim. 6:10). So, when someone is given something by God, they are to use it for God’s glory. This includes money, or SEO skill – whatever gift you have you should use it for the glory of God.
Life doesn’t consist on the abundance of possessions. True joy, and true abundant life comes by bringing glory to God and not to ourselves. You don’t need money to have an abundant life you need Jesus! The parable of the hidden treasure teaches us that Jesus is more valuable than all the possessions we can have on this earth. Abundant life doesn’t mean prosperity, it means Jesus. He told us to not build treasures on this earth where thieves come and steal and moth destroys but to build treasures in heaven, because where our treasure is there our heart will be also. In 1 Timothy 6 it not just says that money is a root of all kinds of evil. It says that false teachers are preaching that godliness is a means to financial gain. That there were Christian who because of the desire to become rich pierce themselves and some have wondered away from the faith. I believe James says that the rich our fatting themselves for the day of the slaughter. Jesus said that we are foolish if we try to save up money for ourselves so that we can enjoy this life. He also said to beware of all kinds of greed. That no servant is greater than his master, and that if He suffered and was persecutes, that we as his servants will also suffered and be persecuted but to take heart because He has overcome the world. Paul said that he considered everything in this earth like garbage, and that our current sufferings can’t even be compared to the glory we will receive in heaven. I’m not saying that making money is wrong, Paul also said that we need to be responsible and that whoever doesn’t work to not eat. Yet he also said that we should be generous and help those who are truly in need, and not those who are just lazy and expect the church to provide everything. We need to be responsible with our jobs and with what God has given us. God blesses whom He wants to bless, but God’s concern is not that we all become rich. Neither should we pursue riches. We should be humble and not be greedy. If God provides for us and give us more than we need then we should give away. Help the people in need, give to missions and for the Kingdom to expand. We need to be generous like barnabas who sold his house(probably an extra) to provide for the necessities of the other believers.
I have found that the more money we have, the more money we spend. We need to know when is it enough, and to be content. We don’t need a mansion, we don’t need a car of year, we don’t need a rolex or a private jet. We need to learn how to be content, to enjoy what God has giving us in the context of our needs. If I only live with my spouse, I don’t need a 5 bedroom house. I need a 1 bedroom house. If I have a car of 2005 and it works good, and takes me where I need to go. I don’t need to go buy the 2013 model just to be cool, or to look rich, or so that others will see that God blesses me. There is more glory to God in giving away $20,000 to a person who is homeless, loves God but can’t find a job and has 3 kids and can use that money at least to have an apartment and get it’s feet and provide for his family while she finds a job then so that I can have a more comfortable ride or so that other people can see what I’m driving.
mikes sumondong says
I am blessed with your testimony.
Been a long time I haven’t visited your site and this article caught my attention. thanks for being a blessing.
Yeah long time bro. Musta na blog mo? Praise God for His amazing works in our lives, no? 🙂
Likewise, praise God for you for blessing others in your blog!
Well said! You’re such an inspiring person Sean!
Thanks for sharing how God works in his loving ways on you.
Your story reminds me to give back and share my blessings to others too since God has blessed me in my everyday life 🙂
Only by God’s grace 🙂 I hope and pray that this will reach more and more people and encourage them to have faith in God in terms of their finances. Glad you were able to drop by my blog Pawee!
Sean! Salamat sa pagbahagi ng kwento mo. Gawa lang ng gawa ng kasaysayan para sa Panginoon. Isa tong inspirasyon! 🙂
Natawa ako sa mga komentaryo. Mas mahaba pa sa blog mo. Hehehe
Haha! Oo nga eh I just let them breathe out their thoughts 😀 I just care about giving God glory in my life for what He has done 🙂 Thanks for dropping by bro!
Gerard Arthur Astrolabio says
Thank you BRO ! I was blessed by you testimony … talaga napakabuti ng ating panginoon tanging nais nya satin ay mapabuti tayo at wag mapasama . as of now I was reading your blog at nag aaral about SEO salamat sa school mo hehe maraming salamat Stay Blessed